Understanding general licenses

There are various types of licenses that allow you to use a sound recording or a music video. These licenses are based on the specific use you plan to make of the material and vary depending on whether, for example, you want to play background music, operate an Internet radio station or use a music video in a TV production. In every case, SOPROQ can help you get the rights you need for any work in the repertoire of the makers we represent.

Want to play background music for your customers? Thinking of starting up a new Internet radio station? To reproduce someone else’s sound recording for public performance or communication to the public, you need a license. SOPROQ can help you get one.

What is a license?

The use of recorded music or music videos for purposes other than private usage generally requires you to obtain a proper authorization. This authorization is what we call a license: it determines the terms and conditions of usage in return for a payment.

What authorizations do I need?

You need to get the authorization to reproduce the sound recordings (also referred to as “masters”) as well as the authorization to reproduce the musical works.

You also need to make sure you are paying the applicable tariffs for the public performance or communication to the public of the musical content.

Who do I need to contact?

SOPROQ and CONNECT Music Licensing are collectives that grant licenses for the reproduction of sound recordings and music videos.

SODRAC, CMRRA and CSI, in turn, are collectives that grant licenses for the reproduction of musical works.

Re:Sound is the collective mandated to collect royalties for the public performance or communication to the public by telecommunication of sound recordings.

SOCAN is the collective mandated to collect royalties for the public performance or communication to the public by telecommunication of musical works.

What are the licenses granted by SOPROQ?

SOPROQ can grant licenses for the general use of its repertoire. These fall into five different categories:

1. Background music licenses

These are mainly licenses granted for the use of background music in public places, including restaurants, bars, retail stores, hotels, etc. These licenses also cover other situations, such as music used on jukeboxes, by a D.J., for a karaoke, or for a custom service, for example a “corporate” radio.

2. In-flight Entertainment licenses

These are licenses granted for the use of music and music videos aboard commercial aircrafts, boarding lounges and airport facilities operating within Canada.

3. Radio and webcasting licenses

These licenses are intended for such users as commercial radios, non-commercial radios, satellite radios, pay audio services, as well as Internet radios (webradios), online music services and services that offer accompanying music for websites.

4. Television licenses

These licences are mainly granted for the use of music videos.

5. Customized licences

If the project you have in mind does not seem to fall into any of the categories mentioned, please contact us and we’ll determine if we can grant a customized license for your needs.

Does it seem complicated? Don’t worry, SOPROQ can help you find your way: contact us at info@soproq.org and we will gladly answer any question you may have.